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Posted On: 22 November 2008 10:06 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Adding green touch to border fencing

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A FRENCH company which promotes “impregnable” vegetable fencing to replace metallic barricades was receiving a lot of curiosity at the Milipol Qatar exhibition. Nelly Soupe, of Sinnoveg, told Gulf Times that there had been a lot of interest both from private individuals and official agencies. “Future partnerships are likely,” she said. According to her, vegetable hedges had many advantages over artificial fences. They are impenetrable since weaving of the branches close to the ground prevents any clearing by crawling. “The perfect synergy of the various components makes it inviolable without the use of noisy methods like excavators and bulldozers,” she said. They are environmentally friendly, discreet and decorative besides being economical. The hedges are also effective against erosion, she said. Explaining the method, Nelly said the hedge is usually planted on two rows. The weaving is locally made after planting. Low branches are horizontally weaved to the net shrubs and often to the reinforcement wires. The other branches are curved, bended or weaved on several lines. Each vertically growing branch forms with the other branches a natural impenetrable meshing. “Weaved or growing branches get joined to each other and around the reinforcement wire, forming one interdependent structure.” The company, the only one of its kind in the world according to Nelly, uses both deciduous and evergreen shrubs for the fencing. “The choice of the most appropriate species will be done after a study on site and according to the requested protection level.” The company has many species and they are “completely adaptable and they can grow anywhere except ice”. Wherever possible, the company uses local plants. The hedge could be further reinforced with wire mesh or barbed wire. Settled inside the hedge, they get coated and disappear in the foliage, she said. Only thorny shrubs are used for the hedge. But in order to avoid the public, especially children, from accidentally falling over them, these could be isolated with normal shrubs on both sides. Maintenance, according to Nelly, is minimal and some species do not need any care at all. The hedges last more than 50 years, she added.The four-year old company has a branch in China. GT